10 Amazing Apps Used by the Envato Team

If you’re familiar with the Envato network of sites, ranging from the Tuts+ network to the variety of marketplaces and even our own AppStorm network, you’ll know that Envato’s staff is a collection of people that live not only on the internet but by the internet.

Apps making the most of internet connectivity can easily make either a positive or negative impact on our income. Here are ten apps used by many of the Envato staff, that help us work efficiently from anywhere in the world.

1. Dropbox

Dropbox

Dropbox

Dropbox is a staple app for people in fields ranging from freelancing to regular business to just individuals looking for advantages in their day to day workflow or activities. Our recent 15 Awesome Dropbox Tips and Tricks is a great place to find new ways to take advantage of the app’s capabilities.

2. Google Apps

Google Apps

Google Apps

As fantastic and useful as Dropbox is, Google’s collection of apps for everything from office documents to email to RSS reading will likely be a staple collection of web based software for many of you already. If you aren’t taking advantage of at least one of Google’s apps already, there’s a good possibility you will in the future.

3. Skype

Skype

Skype

When the Envato team needs to communicate with each other beyond the capabilities of email, Skype is a heavily used app covering text, voice or full on video chatting or conferencing.

4. Invoice Machine / Billings

Invoice Machine

Invoice Machine

As independent contractors and freelancers we have to create and manage our invoices, expenses and bills if we want to get paid and keep our accounting under control. Billings and Invoice Machine are two popular choices among the Envato team.

5. CloudApp / Droplr

CloudApp

CloudApp

An aspect of the internet is obviously the socializing of information and there’s no easier way to share files, links, images and other information than CloudApp or Droplr. These are OS X only apps for now but if you know of Windows equivalents, let us know in the comments.

6. Tweetie / Hootsuite

Hootsuite

Hootsuite

In terms of business, Twitter is a very important service for Envato, but it’s also just as fun and entertaining for us all. Tweetie for Mac is a popular choice but Hootsuite is a great cross platform client that’s cloud-based and accessible anywhere.

7. Skitch

Skitch

Skitch

Skitch is very similar to CloudApp or Droplr except that it’s a fantastic tool for annotating screenshots, sharing screenshots or other images or simply quickly drawing up something. It’s invaluable for helping explain things to others using images.

8. Things / Remember the Milk

Remember The Milk

Remember The Milk

Many of the Envato staff, like most freelancers, have more tasks than one might think would be humanly possible to manage. That’s why they use apps like Remember The Milk and Things; incredibly useful and powerful apps for task management and efficient working.

9. Toggl

Toggl

Toggl

Toggl is a simple tool for tracking time in projects, tasks, etc. via their web interface or desktop client. With reports and many other features built for teams, this is one great time tracking tool for a growing business.

10. Notify / Google Notifier

Notify

Notify

As we all live on the web, we all essentially live in our email. It’s critical to keep our email under control and quickly respond to highly important messages, notifications, etc. A quality desktop email notification app can be a key aspect to staying in sync with your email inboxes without keeping your inboxes open at all times.


  • Jack

    I love this Skitch!!!

  • http://www.iconfinder.com Martin Leblanc

    I love all these tools – it’s brilliant quality at low cost. Google Apps + Dropbox can make the backbone of most small companies. I miss some 37signals products though e.g. BaseCamp. What do you use to handle project communication?

  • http://www.howtoplaza.com HowToPlaza

    A certainly great collection of apps. At HowToPlaza we extensively use GoogleDocs (to collaborate and organize published/unpublished content), HootSuite, Skype and DropBox and they really help is save time and effort.

    ~~ Sarah ~~

  • http://www.jc-designs.net/blog Jeremy Carlson

    Wow…no Evernote?? I am surprised this did not make the cut. I am not sure I could live without it. Out of curiosity, why use Skitch and not your own servers? Just to get the load off your own stuff?

    • http://Web.AppStorm.net Jarel Remick

      That’s also used by some of the Envato team, among other similar apps. It just wasn’t used by as many people as these other apps.

  • http://www.quizzpot.com Crysfel

    I use the “Invoice Machine” too, I think I’m going to use the dropbox :)

    Great collection.

  • César Cruz

    I suggest TweetDeck. Is an Adobe AIR application, cross-platform and it’s free.

  • http://pixelsforeyes.com Paul

    I’ve been using MailPlane(http://mailplaneapp.com/) to handle all my google email accounts, works great and has a handy notifier for the toolbar. Well worth trying.

  • http://www.kreatech.net Ejaz

    Great collection, I use all of these apps except Mac only ones.

    There is a small top under Remember the Milk heading ” one might thing” should be ” one might think”. Anyway great collection and thanks for sharing with us.

    • http://www.kreatech.net Ejaz

      lol…

      I referring a typo, even I also made a typo in that sentence

      • http://Web.AppStorm.net Jarel Remick

        Thanks!

  • http://www.markdijkstra.eu Mark Dijkstra

    Great collection!

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  • http://blogmartinvaresio.com.ar Martin

    Great collection!
    Thanks!

  • http://www.aedaddy.com MiselD

    Great tools!

  • lisa

    True Time Tracker – really great and free time tracking software – http://www.truetimetracker.com/

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  • http://www.innov8design.co.uk Stephen Banks

    Nice recommendations, I shall have to give some of those a go :)

  • http://thesocialbusiness.com James Gentes

    Good list, although most of these are mac-only. For billing, Freshbooks.com is excellent and web-based, so inherently cross-platform. For file-sharing, I use sugarsync.com and think it’s fantastic.

  • http://techinch.com/ Matthew Guay

    You can use CloudApp on Windows with FluffyApp (http://fluffyapp.com/). Or, Droplr’s another great app that works similarlly, and you can use windroplr on Windows also.

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  • http://twitter.com/udcreative Gemma

    Are there any good alternatives to Skitch for Windows users? I know about Google Drawing but it’s clunky so I was hoping there are other apps similar to Skitch.

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